Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Diy Succulent Outdoor Bench

This last week I finally implemented an idea I have had for a while. It was that of a simple cinder block bench with succulents planted in the cinderblock holes. Last summer I used cinder blocks to create the outdoor succulent planter you see below. 

I loved the way it turned out a thought I could use the same general idea to create a bench for my new outdoor courtyard.   

So I went to hone depot and purchased several succulents, potting mix, 12 double cinder blocks, 4 single cinder blocks, two 8' long and 8" wide pine boards, and dark walnut wood stain. 

I brought everything home and started to experiment with different arrangements until I settled on one that I liked. Then I quickly stained the pine boards and reassbled the bench. 

With help from my little ones, I added the potting mix and succulents to the exposed cinderblock holes. 

The four grass like plants on the top of the bench are actually fake grass plants I got at ikea, since I didn't want dirt in the top cinder blocks resting on the wood planks. Figuring that dirt in those would slowly erode or rot the wood. 

I love the way the bench turned out! Now I am just trying to decide if I want to paint the triangles on the cinder blocks like I did on my planter I made last year. What do you think?

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

A Little Pumpkin Breakfast Fun

I was going through old blog posts and realized that the fun Christmas themed pancakes I made last year could easily be adapted to Halloween ones. So with out further ado:

Pumpkin pancakes shaped like Jack O'Lanterns. Honeydew melon was used for the stem, bananas for the mouth and eyes and chocolate chips and sprinkles for everything else. 

Make any fun breakfasts lately?

Monday, September 22, 2014

Spray Painting Frames

Nothing really new, but I am working on a gallery wall in my living room and wanted a couple of colorful frames to add to the mix. I found these guys at Target for around $5-$8 and thought they would be the perfect candidates for a little makeover.

Now don't get me wrong, I like them just the way they are too, but I am a color lover and need to spruce them up a bit. I basically just took them apart (the wood piece was separate from the white frame) and spray painted pieces of them different colors. 

Add some nice art work and boom! Colorful additions to the gallery wall. 

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Triangle decor

Sorry for the long time of no posting. Life has been busy to say the least. Since last posting I sold and bought a house, moved, and have started to renovate and decorate the new place. First up was the kitchen and the flooring. Now I have been slowly painting and fixing up the rooms one by one. I figured it was time to share some of my work again. 

Today I finished the accent wall in my sons room. I went with triangle wall decals in a variety of colors and placed sporadically all over the freshly painted gray walls (they were sage green when we purchased the house). And since I own a vinyl cutter, and the vinyl was only $6 (about a dollar for each color), this was a super cheap and quick project. My daughter Madeline even helped put up the decals. 

What do you think?

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Snowman Pancakes

Today's winter breakfast theme, snowmen. Here is mine and Madeline's snowmen pancakes with chocolate chip features, a light powdered sugar "snow" dusting, and bacon scarf. 

Advent Activity Day 21 - Wrapping presents


There is not much explanation needed on this one. Madeline manned the tape while I cut a folded. And now we only have a few packages left to wrap. Can't wait to give everyone their gifts!

Friday, December 20, 2013

Advent Activity Day 20 - Singing Carols and Meeting Santa

Today was Madeline's MDO Christmas program where all the kids wore their Pajamas and sang carols for the adoring fans (parents). Afterward we headed to the playground for snowball fights (rolled up socks), ice skating (tarps and cooking spray), pin the nose on frosty, and reindeer food making (oats and glitter). Since this was so much Christmas activity, I just called it out advent activity and saved myself from having to come up with anything else. 

Of course they also had Santa make an appearance, and while this isn't the traditional photo with Santa, this is the closest Madeline has gotten to Santa since she was 2 months old. I am not going to lie, it was purely for the candy cane he was giving out. 

And since I feel that one photo isn't enough, here is a picture of my nephew blowing fake snow for me so I could try out the new early Christmas Present (a new Canon) that my husband and I got each other. 

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